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LXer: How to Misunderstand the Current Impact of Open Source Software

Feb 19, 2006, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)

[ Thanks to Tom Adelstein for this link. ]

"Back in 2003, Dave Park of Apple Computer asked me to help the company create a MS Exchange replacement. Dave's team had won some HPC cluster bids and Apple was thinking about an enterprise strategy. On one of my interviews, a hiring manager told me that Apple didn't get open source and that they had a difficult time interfacing with the community.

"Apple's team wanted to work with mature projects where an OEM relationship manager could make deals, answer questions and sign contracts. They liked Apache and JBoss. So, Apple simply avoided any project that didn't have someone with such a position..."

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